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An educational perspective on flood risk management
Flood risk management (FRM) has emerged as a key concern posing significant engineering and societal challenges in
all around the world. Management of and adaptation to increased flood risk is therefore essential, and requires
development of sustainable and effective FRM strategies that embrace a holistic and integrated approach. This
approach emphasizes the necessity to address research on and practice in FRM in an interdisciplinary fashion.
Accordingly, the field of FRM incorporates a variety of disciplines and subjects including meteorology, hydrology,
climatology, water resources, hydraulics, hydroinformatics, forecasting and early warning, climate change, decisionmaking
(under uncertainty), spatial planning, risk perception and communication, risk governance (e.g. institutional
framework and policy development), and socioeconomics.
Flood risk professionals and researchers are required to have a certain level of knowledge in and appropriate level of
insight into these subjects. Considering also the dynamic and dependent nature of a flood risk system, the practice of
FRM is inevitably challenging in multiple ways. Hence, flood risk managers and professionals are often faced with
difficulties. In this regard, establishing training and education programmes is essentially worthwhile not only for the
improvement of current knowledge and skills of existing flood risk professionals but also for capacity building through
raising future flood risk professionals. Unfortunately, the importance of such training and education has not been widely
and effectively recognized in both undergraduate and graduate levels. There is still a need for incorporating a
consistently comprehensive and integrated approach to FRM education in the world.
This paper presents views at the structure and syllabus of undergraduate and Master courses related to FRM. The case
of Erasmus Mundus Programme in Flood Risk Management (FLOODRisk Master), the only ongoing full Masterí»s degree
(international) programme on flood risk management in the world, is included as an illustration of current teaching
practice. The challenges and the future direction of training and education on FRM are discussed as well.
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Article : Flood risk management and adaptation
Date Published : 28/08/2015
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